Sunday, March 18, 2007

City Lights

I am in San Francisco, and have been for a few days; celebrating spring with my daughter. I hadn't planned to blog about it until we'd mande it home, but we had an exciting literary experience today that deserves sharing. Meaghan's teacher told her about City Lights bookstore, which we visited today. Miss Chamberlain officially rocks for sending us us to this very cool venue for books. One of the oldest bookstores in the city, and the oldest exclusively paperback bookstore in the country. (I do have to add that we found ourselves forced to buy a couple of hard-covers there, today, too...) This bookstore was founded around the time the Beat poets were making the scene here, and these is a quite fetching poster of a naked, hirsute Alan Ginsberg adorning one wall. I bought a Dorothy Parker compendium and RUNNING WITH SCISSORS by Augusten Burroughs. My girl bought a copy of 1984 and a book about the plague ravaging London, the title of which escapes me at the moment.

We've spent the past few days walking our feet to the bone around this beautiful and amazing city. More to come over the next few days.



Trudy said...

Hi Karen!
You're in one of my favourite cities and favourite bookstores - sounds like you are having a great time with the girl. Talk to you soon!

kc dyer said...

Hey Trudy!!

I love this city, too. Hope to see you soon!

Anonymous said...

That would be great!